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maybe that was chapter one in what has turned out to be a dramatic novel about a very experimental bomb maker. tonight as with so much else, we simply do not know. we will new this morning, a 48-hour manhunt ends with a police shoot-out. now we're learning new details about the man accused of planting several bombs in parts of new york and new jersey over the weekend. also this morning, donald trump's son is coming under fire after likening the syrian refugee crisis to a poisoned candy. welcome, welcome. lcome, thank you so much. it is great to have you here. let's talk about everything -- thank you so much for being here. >> you're so welcome. i am not contagious. >> you are not.
>> just for your information. >> just days after donald trump's appearance, hillary clinton heads to "the tonight show" as she tries to win over young voters. ♪ hey, there, good morning. it's tuesday, september 20th. i'm alex witt alongside lewisbulouis burgdo burgdorf. we start with the wild shoot-out did that brought an end to the manhunt regarding this week's explosions in new york and new jersey. ahmad khan rahami is still being treated for injuries after being shot by police, officially charged last night with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer along with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon. the two officers shot by rahami, peter hammer and angel padilla, are recovering from their
injuries. officer padilla has been released after being hit in the bullet proof vest in the abdomen. officer hammering ing is being for observations. police released an emergency alert looking for this this man captures on surveillance camera. linden police found rahami after they got a call about a man sleeping in the doorway of a local bar. officers say when they approached him he meet pulled out a gun and started firing. >> he didn't even like have any kind of expression that somebody saw him, you know. like -- he said, okay, i'll move to the other side, you know? moved to the other side. that was 9:00. then i come back, i ran back to my store and i said, this guy looks so similar to the guy,
just watching the tv. >> though there was early speculation the person behind the explosives could be part of a broader cell, law enforcement officials no longer believe that to be the case. charges may still be filed in connection to this weekend's blaps. he is currently being held on $5.2 million bond and his first court appearance is set for next wednesday. officials say so far, rahami has made no statements to investigators. he was not on the fbi's radar, nosh nor on the nypd's, according to two senior city officials. joining us outside the hospital where rahami is being kept, nbc correspondent gadi schwartz. we know he was a u.s. citizen as well as an afghanistan native, he traveled abroad quite a bit. what else can you tell us about him and his background? >> reporter: that's right, alex. we know he was born in afghanistan.
he grew up for the most part in new jersey. but now investigators are looking in particular at recent travel that he made to afghanistan, specifically to afghanistan and to pakistan. we understand that he may have been in afghanistan for almost a year. neighbors who knew him say over the last few years they've seen a shift in demeanor from the kid they knew growing up in new jersey. now we're also hearing from a new york representative, i'm sorry, a representative, a u.s. representative who says that rahami actually contacted his office trying to get help with a visa for a woman that he met in pakistan that he married in pakistan who may have had a child there, trying to get help for a visa for them to come to the united states. it appears as though that woman did come to the united states. it also appears as though that woman has gone back to the middle east before these bombings happened. but since then, investigators have spoken with rahami's family. they have raided his house, as
we saw yesterday. fbi agents raiding his house and bringing out evidence. in fact, yesterday nbc's carrie sanders spoke with rahami's father a little while after that shoot-out with police and his capture and arrest, take a listen. >> did you know that your son was doing this? >> no. you had no idea? >> no idea. >> and when you hear now that he's been accused of this, do you believe it? do you believe it? sir? >> i'm not sure what's going on. >> you're not sure? >> i'm not sure what's happened exactly. but -- i think so. it's very hard right now to talk, okay? >> reporter: investigators want to know if rahami was radicalized, if he was radicalized, was it here in the united states or was it possibly during his time abroad? there are also some very big questions when it comes to those bombs. they want to know if he learned
how to make those bombs, if he in fact did make those bombs here in the united states, or did somebody show him how to do it while he was traveling possibly in the middle east? those are questions that they want answered. they have said recently that it does not appear as though he was part of a larger terror network. but as they investigate that further that will tell them whether or not he was acing as a lone wolf or possibly part of a cell here in the united states. back to you. >> all right. gadi, quick question. that would be, do we know the specifics about the extent of his injuries, when he may be released? have we been given those kinds of details? >> reporter: we've gotten several reports. obviously hipaa laws prevent the hospital from releasing his exact injuries. from pictures we see what appears to be blood coming from his shoulder. we heard he may have had surgery on his legs. the exact extent of his injuries is unknown. he did appear conscious when he was brought to the hospital and
he did appear as though he was alert. >> nbc's gadi schwarts in newark, thank you to that. the mayor of elizabeth, new jersey, is commending two men for discovering what is believed to have been rahami's next potential target explaining how the two ended up finding the devices before alerting police. >> two men we believe were homeless individuals who were walking on north broad street at approximately 8:15 or 8:30 in the evening. they probably thought there was something of value in that backpack. >> any kind of reward? >> first of all, i haven't found out even who they are. i'm hopeful at some point to sit down and talk with them and thank them at the very least. >> officials are crediting the fast work by police, help from the public like we mentioned, and some lucky breaks in helping to catch ahmad khan rahami. nbc justice correspondent pete williams has more on how investigators were able to put the pieces together. >> reporter: the first break comes saturday morning in seaside park, new jersey, where a 5k charity race is late
starting. a device consisting of three pipe bombs fit zells, blowing up only partly. still largely intact, it's rushed to the fbi crime lab near washington. the second break comes that night after a bomb goes off in new york city. police searching the neighborhood find an unexploded pressure cooker bomb on the street. it too is sent to the fbi lab. investigators say analysts find a fingerprint on it. a search of databases gets a hit to ahmad rahami. next break, both unexploded devices are wired to cellar flip phones acting as timers and the phones point to rahami. both phones were bought in the same new jersey discount store last year. meantime, investigators in new york find surveillance video showing a man who appears to be rahami at both spots where bombs were planted in new york. all of that leading the fbi to make this announcement. >> we have directly linked rahami to devices from new york and from saturday in new jersey. >> reporter: for now rahami is held on local gun charges while federal prosecutors build their
case. >> we're going to take a lot of care, a lot of time to make sure if we bring charges federally in the manhattan district court, that we do it in a way that's careful and thorough. >> president obama spoke about the explosion shortly after rahami was captured. he praised police and first responders for their quick actions and phoned the two officers who were injured. he urged americans not to give in to fear. >> at moments like this, i think it's important to remember what terrorists and violent extremists are trying to do. they are trying to hurt anyone people, but they also want to inspire fear in all of us. and disrupt the way we live. to undermine our values. we all have a role to play as citizens in making sure that we don't succumb to that fear. and there's no better example of that than the people in new york and new jersey. folks around here, they don't get scared. they're tough.
they're resilient. they go about their business every single day. that's the kind of strength that makes me so proud to be an american. and that's the kind of strength that is going to be absolutely critical, not just in the days to come, but in the years to come. at his rally in florida donald trump offered his critical take on the local process that will follow that capture of bombing suspect ahmad khan rahami. >> today we have caught this evil thug who planted the bombs. thank you, law enforcement. but the bad part, now we will give him amazing hospitalization. he will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world. he will be given a fully modern and updated hospital room. and he'll probably even have room service, knowing the way
our country is. and on top of all of that, he will be represented by an outstanding lawyer. his case will go through the various court systems for years. and in the end, people will forget, and his punishment will not be what it once would have been. what a sad situation. we must have speedy but fair trials, and we must deliver a just and very harsh punishment to these people. >> shortly after new york governor and former prosecutor andrew cuomo responded. >> welcome to america. right? we have a system of jurisprudence. you're innocent until proven guilty. you have a right to counsel. and you have a right to hospitalization if you're ill. that is our system.
and it's what makes this the country special. and what makes this the country great. sometimes the government is wrong. and that's why we have a judicial process and we have trials and hearings, et cetera. so i don't know what the alternative would be unless you said we should have a government that, on their own belief, is judge and jury and executioner all in one. >> donald trump's running mate mike pence is taking on the white house after press secretary josh earnest described the administration's effort in fighting isis' recruiting effort in the united states this way. >> in some ways this is a war of narratives. we want to make sure we're getting out our counter narrative against isil, and we're have some progress. intense pressure on their leadership, including taking out two senior external isil plotters in the last couple of weeks. that counters the narrative they previously benefited from of being an organization on the move. the last thing, and the president's talked about this a lot, we also can't give them the
narrative victory of suggesting that every muslim is responsible for this kind of terrorism. >> i'm not even sure that hillary clinton and barack obama know we're at war. i mean, did you hear a white house spokesman today went on national television and said that we were in a "narrative fight." a "narrative battle." well, that would be news to the men and women in uniform in iraq who are taking the fight to the enemy every day. and working with our allies to defeat isis at its source. still ahead, the popular sweet skittles has been trending after getting pulled into the 2016 spotlight. red sox slugger big papi reaches another milestone as the team winds their division lead. those stories and a check on weather when we come right back.
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donald trump jr. is coming under fire accused of trivializing the debate over allowing syrian refugees into the u.s. the younger trump tweeted this image last night claiming it tells us all we need to know about the refugee problem. if i had a bowl of skittles and the i told you three would kill you, would you take a handful? that's our syrian refugee problem. that post soon went viral, though others like former conservative congressman joe walsh pointed out they've made similar comments in the past. hillary clinton's spokesman nick merrill responded tweeting, this is disgusting. decisions became the top trending topic on twitter and the post got the attention of skittles' parent company wrigley. "skittles are randy, refugees are people. we don't feel it's an appropriate analogy. we will respectfully refrain
from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing." the latest natural quinnipiac poll shows clinton lost 17 points with voters between ages 18 to 34, most of them going to gary johnson. millennials were top of mind for the democratic nominee yesterday. she made an appearance on "the tonight show" and had this to say during a rally at temple university in philadelphia. >> if i'm in the white house, young people will always have a seat at any table where any decision is being made. i worked with bernie sanders on a plan. we came up with a plan that makes public college tuition free for working families and debt free for everyone. i do spend a lot of time on the details of policy. like the precise interest rate on your student loans, right down to the decimal.
but that's because it's not a detail for you, it's a big deal. of course politics can be discouraging. this election in particular can be downright depressing sometimes. this is going to be close. we need everyone off the sidelines. not voting is not an option. that just plays into trump's hands. it really does. >> student loans, bernie sanders, sounds like millennial talk to me. let's get a check on your weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins -- >> i don't know if i qualify, you may qualify. >> i think i missed itpy a little bit. >> the weather story is what's left of julia last week, lingering off the south carolina coast. it's still spinning out here. you can see the spin. it merged with that cold front along the east coast yesterday, gave it needed rainfall to southern new england, the new york area, d.c. we're getting soaked this morning in virginia beach, the norfolk area.
flash flood watches in effect. 2 to 4 inches, locally higher amounts. eastern north cairk, there's a sharp cutoff. if you're d.c. area, don't expect rain, just clouds from the storm system off the coast. later this afternoon we'll get thunderstorms popping up in eastern north carolina. the other story is the end of summer, an amazingly warm september. that continues. today's heat is a pretty ridiculous for this time of year. 98 dallas. 95 oklahoma city. the 90s up to denver, through nebraska. st. louis should be near 90 today. all the way through the southeast. so there's very little of any signs of fall throughout the mill of the country. even tomorrow the full last day of summer you can go all way from salt lake city to the east coles. everybody's in the 80s. the first sign of any cool, chilly air is coming through the dakotas starting wednesday, making its way through new england throughout the weekend. it is a very warm end to our hot summer. >> keep the cold away, i love it. don't you? summer time? >> no, alex is a skier, she's
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the 29-14 victory. if you're an eagles fan you have to be extremely excited about carson wents. he also had the top-selling jersey in the nfl after week one. turning to major league baseball, in boston the red sox, david ortiz slugs his 35th home run of the year. two-run solo shot to right field, passing darrell evans for the most homers in a season by a player over age 40. 40's not old. the red sox widen their lead atop the a.l. east to four games after a 5-2 win over baltimore. to los angeles, bad blood already circulating between the giants' ace madison bumgarner and the dodgers' slugger yasiel puig, temples boil over after puig grounds out to bumgarner to end the seventh. the two exchange words and both benches clear. bumgarner appears to tell puig, "don't look at me," before they square off for a shoving match. the teams rush onto the field. the dodgers go on to win it 2-1, increasing their n.l. west lead over the second-place giants to six games.
the loss drops san francisco into a tie for the national league's second wild card spot with the cardinals, who topped the rockies 5-3. former nfl quarterback and heisman trophy winner tim tebow back in his number 15 jersey. this time on the diamond donning a mets uniform in his first workout at the club's minor league facility. the team began selling tebow merchandise even before he suited up. and as of this morning tebow's jersey is sold out in the mets' online shop. i guess they're making a good play there, alex. >> yeah, can i just say dodgers won. at least it's helping soothe the pain of the usc trojans football season. >> that's right. you have something to cling to. >> something, something. thank you very much. still ahead, chris christie coming under fire again after prosecutors in the bridgegate trial say he knew about the 2013 lane closures. the latest on the terror investigation under way right now in minnesota. what we're learning about the man who went on a stabbing spree over the weekend. it's scary when the lights go out.
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captured. the search for suspects in the new york and no one bombings ends with one man in custody. but the investigation still isn't over. we'll tell you what we've learned about the accused bomber. so much for the cease-fire in syria. the truce to stop the violence ends, so has hope of getting humanitarian aid to those who need it. opening statement in the bridgegate scandal gets off to a stunning start with prosecutors saying governor chris christie knew about it all along.